Education Notes

By NEMS Daily Journal

Moser named dean of students at BMC
– BLUE MOUNTAIN – Jack Moser, a member of the Blue Mountain College faculty for more than 20 years, has been named the college’s dean of enrollment services and student life/dean of students, effective Jan. 1.
Moser, associate professor of physical education and assistant men’s basketball coach, will fill the position when Becky Bennett.
Moser also served as BMC’s women’s basketball coach from 1989 to 2006. Prior to joining Blue Mountain, he served in various capacities for eight years at Pillow Academy in Greenwood.
ICC students place third in international writing competition
– FULTON – Itawamba Community College sophomores Emilee Pearce and Will Knight, both of Mantachie, have won third place in an international writing competition sponsored by the Beta Theta Kappa chapter of Phi Theta Kappa of Butte-Glenn Community College in Oroville, Calif.
Pearce and Knight received a certificate and the $50 award for third place.
Each PTK chapter had the opportunity to write an essay pertaining to its Honors in Action topic, “The Democratization of Information: Power, Peril and Promise.” The assignment originated in the Honor’s Forum class taught by Heather McCormick, ICC mathematics instructor.
The submission by Pearce and Knight was based on the connotations of the movie “Stand and Deliver” as it relates to the Honors Study topic.
MSU announces department merger
– STARKVILLE – Mississippi State University is merging the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and the Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology to promote cost savings and further strengthen research efforts.
The faculty-led Select Committee on Efficiencies and Innovations made the department merger recommendation after consulting with department faculty from both units.
“Each department has a strong research program,” said George Hopper, interim dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. “The merger will create a unique opportunity to further those research programs while also providing savings for the university.”
NEMCC Practical Nursing students perfect on boards
– BOONEVILLE – The last three classes of Practical Nursing Education students at Northeast Mississippi Community College recently reached a lofty goal.
Students from the December 2009, May and August 2010 graduating classes have passed the National Council of Licensure Exam on first attempts. Forty-six students completed the program during 2009-10 and each passed the NCLEX.
“Our Practical Nursing Program at Northeast is dedicated and committed to delivering quality instruction,” said Patti Cooper, PNE director/instructor. “The faculty engage in continuing education in order to provide effective and efficient instruction to aid the learning process.”
ICC schedules January GED testing
– BELDEN – The high school equivalency (GED) test will be given at the Itawamba Community College Belden Center on Jan. 12, 19, 22 and 26, beginning at 7:30 a.m. each day.
Registration has begun for January HIT program
– TUPELO – Registration is under way for the January 2011 class of the Health IT Workforce Training program administered through Itawamba Community College.
Eligible students must have a certification, diploma or degree in any medical area or IT background or a minimum of one year experience in a health or IT field, both verifiable.
The education, which is designed to be completed online in six months or less, allows a student to focus on one of six work force roles. They include practice workflow and information management redesign specialist, clinician/practitioner consultant, implementation support specialist, implementation manager, technical/software support staff and trainer.
A limited number of stipends are available upon successful completion of the program. The cost is $50 per class.
For information, visit or call Mallory Pennington at (662) 620-5145 or Lori Little at (662) 620-5122.

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